Now THAT'S the sort of post that brings folks back to the forums! Thanks for the fabulous story G-man, and congrats on turning 40. I just turned the corner on 50 and as I think back over my evolution it mimics much of yours. Beringer White Zin to Schmitt Sohne Riesling, then fruity reds because reds were too "bitter" before trying more and becoming a red wine snob, eventually making it to all wines are enjoyable if you're enjoying them. Along the way I've met many forumites and made some wonderful friends. You and I have crossed paths but missed each other a couple times now - need to rectify that!